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FNF Awards $263,000 in New Grants

First Nonprofit Foundation (FNF) recently awarded $263,000 to six nonprofits for projects that serve a wide range of administrative and community needs.

Two of the grant recipients received funds to support new community initiatives. Memory Matters, a Hilton Head, South Carolina provider of daycare and other support services for people with memory loss, received a grant of $25,000 to develop dementia-friendly community programs in the Hilton Head and Bluffton communities. The funds will be used to educate residents and business owners about dementia and create community-based solutions to help people dealing with memory loss live safely and independently. HCS Family Services  in Hinsdale, Illinois received a grant of $18,000 to explore creation of an outreach center to host numerous social services in Willowbrook, Illinois. The center would provide food, education and other social services currently handled by numerous agencies in the area with no central plan. The project team will create a planning guide for other communities seeking a coordinated approach to social services.

FNF’s latest round of funding also included grants to support internal administrative projects at two nonprofits. Strive Recreational Therapy Services,  a provider of leisure and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities in Clarkston, Michigan, received $20,000 to build a new website and launch an online registration system. Strive is the proud host of the Michigan Victory Games, one of the nation’s premier sporting competitions for athletes with physical disabilities. Another administrative grant went to OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services in Brooklyn, which received $50,000 to implement Netsmart’s myAvatar electronic health record system. The system will maintain detailed client records and will interface with other electronic record systems, enabling OHEL to participate in collaborative care organizations and meet increasing regulatory requirements.

Finally, FNF awarded grants for facility enhancements and improvements to two New York nonprofits. Congregation Bais Sina in Brooklyn received $50,000 to provide literature and finishing work for a community center for studying, counseling and weekend gatherings. In addition, The Cheder – Yeshiva & Mesivta Sholom Shachna, a boys’ school in Brooklyn, received a $100,000 grant to purchase a state-of-the-art electronic system and support expansion of the Resource Room, a facility serving approximately 55 learning disabled students.

FNF supports a range of projects with an emphasis on those that can be replicated by other nonprofits. Before applying for a grant, be sure to read our complete funding guidelines to determine whether your project is a good fit with our mission.